What!?!?!? They have wire screens? Who do those greedy self-entitled bastards think they are? Let them sleep on the streets, like in Calcutta.
Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank
And note, they likely make sure none of those poor folk have anyone videotaping this shit to put on Facebook, either. There will be no public shaming; these are poor folk who know their place!
OK, sarcasm-snark overdose induced vomiting will now ensue.
You are pretty much right about them wanting the rest of us to live this way, except ... they will probably want to make sure that folks here are slightly better off. That way, they can point to these people in Hong Kong and say, "Poverty? Housing problems? We don't have any of that in the USA. Living in a 16-sq.-ft. cage, now that's poverty. If you're not that bad off, then shut up and appreciate what you have." I wouldn't be a bit surprised if some moonbat radio-show callers haven't already heard about this and made that very point.
A rented indoor cage offering permanent tenancy and security for possessions, if not privacy, sounds better than some ways of living in the U.S.
Here, we are too good to "allow" low-quality, low-privacy housing. Large numbers of our voting citizens believe it's not logically possible for Americans to live in such conditions unless by choice. Accordingly when people do overflow out of the conventional housing system, U.S. laws and culture condemn them to live in a condition not only of poverty but of imputed exclusion from the community of rational adults.
That's a kind of cage too.